Ambiance & Radiance Skins and Speed Dial Backgrounds

opera-ambiance-maverick

Get the Speed Dial backgrounds!

These Speed Dial backgrounds are just slight modifications of the current default background. To install them, simply click on the image to open it, right click and select “Use Image as Speed Dial Background“.

Gimp -> Colorize -> Hue: 325; Saturation: 40; Lightness: 0;

Gimp -> Colorize -> Hue: 325; Saturation: 40; Lightness: -10;

Gimp -> Colorize -> Hue: 180; Saturation: 0; Lightness: -65;

Gimp -> Posterize -> 6

Gimp -> Posterize -> 6 && Gimp -> Colorize -> Hue: 180; Saturation: 0; Lightness: -65;

Gimp -> Curves -> 24x217; 97x161; 217x37;

Gimp -> Colorize -> Hue: 13; Saturation: 100; Lightness: -16;

Gimp -> Colorize -> Hue: 10; Saturation: 80; Lightness: -30;

Gimp -> Colorize -> Hue: 55; Saturation: 35; Lightness: 0;

Gimp -> Colorize -> Hue: 18; Saturation: 80; Lightness: -30;

Gimp -> Colorize -> Hue: 35; Saturation: 25; Lightness: 0;

In the screenshot above, I’m using the second background. Feel free to post your results if you’d like to tweak the background to make it match closer!

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98 Responses to “Ambiance & Radiance Skins and Speed Dial Backgrounds”


  • using Opera Next 12.00 Opera Next 12.00 on Ubuntu 12.04 x64 Ubuntu 12.04 x64
    Opera/9.80 (X11; Linux x86_64; U; Edition Next; Ubuntu/12.04; en) Presto/2.10.282 Version/12.00

    Updated Opera Standard Ambiance skin for:
    * Ubuntu 10.10 Maverick Meerkat
    * Ubuntu 11.04 Natty Narwhal
    * Ubuntu 11.10 Oneiric Ocelot
    * Ubuntu 12.04 Precise Pangolin

  • using Opera 10.60 Opera 10.60 on GNU/Linux x64 GNU/Linux x64
    Opera/9.80 (X11; Linux x86_64; U; en) Presto/2.5.27 Version/10.60

    If that doesn’t work (which it should), you ca always open one of the images above, right click and select -> “Use Image as Speed Dial Background”

  • using Opera 10.60 Opera 10.60 on GNU/Linux GNU/Linux
    Opera/9.80 (X11; Linux i686; U; en) Presto/2.5.29 Version/10.60

    Oh, if you are following Opera snapshot releases then there’s no need for change log or anything like that. I thought you were releasing skins because you changed something :D…

    Following snapshots is just fine, then whenever new snapshot is released by Opera Dev team, I’ll just pop here again and D/L new version :D…

    Thanx for the reply :D

  • using Opera 11.00 Opera 11.00 on GNU/Linux GNU/Linux
    Opera/9.80 (X11; Linux i686; U; en) Presto/2.6.37 Version/11.00

    Though I understand that the 10.54 skin is no longer updated, it looked rather nice. Is there any simple way I can get it working for Opera 11 alpha?

  • using Opera 11.00 Opera 11.00 on Mac OS X 10.6.4 Mac OS X 10.6.4
    Opera/9.80 (Macintosh; Intel Mac OS X 10.6.4; U; en) Presto/2.6.37 Version/11.00

    With all of the changes that have been made to Opera since version 10.5x, I’d have to change quite a bit to get it working the same as the other skins.

    I’m always welcome to feedback and I’d be happy to help where I can. Are there specific differences that you prefer in one skin over the other? Also, which skin are you using and for Ubuntu 10.04 or 10.10?

    I originally used the default Opera button icons, however, I changed them to use icons that are specific to the Ambiance and Radiance themes so it would make Opera feel a little more integrated with the OS. Various color changes were made later to keep the skins matching their respective Ubuntu themes at my convenience, but that doesn’t mean I couldn’t make it even better. ;)

  • using Opera 11.00 Opera 11.00 on GNU/Linux GNU/Linux
    Opera/9.80 (X11; Linux i686; U; en) Presto/2.6.37 Version/11.00

    I am using the Ambiance theme on Maverick. I have no problems with the changed Opera icons, which look nice. What I don’t like is the shiny effect you have put on background tabs, which is either not coming off well or will take me a little getting used to. I would also have preferred a attention dot instead of the green bar. Also the Red menu button suited me better, I feel. :)

  • using Opera 11.00 Opera 11.00 on Ubuntu 10.10 x64 Ubuntu 10.10 x64
    Opera/9.80 (X11; Linux x86_64; U; Ubuntu/10.10 (maverick); en) Presto/2.6.37 Version/11.00

    I’m not a graphic designer or anything like that and don’t claim to me, but I’m happy to hear criticisms about my work.

    What I was attempting to do was work the gradients of the Ambiance buttons into the tabs since the default tab design clashes in the title bar. I’ll try to rework it as much as I can, but if you’re good with graphs I’d love for you to post a picture of you’re idea of how they should be! I take no offense to your feedback and actually welcome them happily! I’m just glad you’re looking into my work. ;)

    You’re not the first person to mention the Opera menu icon. I was hoping to copy a Firefox design where the icon was gray scale, but if it doesn’t work then thats fine. I’ll do something different. :)

    About the attention dot. I’d rather not use red simply because red (by gui design) typically implies that there is a problem or that something wasn’t right. I was trying to mimic their alert scheme like they do with new instant messages or mail with the mail icon. Do you think an orange icon would fit? I’m trying to confine myself to the original color palette.

    Any mockup pics are graciously welcome. ;)

    I’ll do what I can to perfect it, but at the same time I’m trying my hardest as a non-graphic designer to follow the graphic theme. :)

    The tabs were a trial run. I see where you’re coming from, but if you have a suggestion for the style then I’d love to hear it!

    Thanks again for your feedback. ;) Without it, this skin would be horrid and tacky. :/

  • using Opera 11.00 Opera 11.00 on GNU/Linux GNU/Linux
    Opera/9.80 (X11; Linux i686; U; en) Presto/2.6.37 Version/11.00

    I meant no offense to you either. Your efforts on a skin are so welcome that I may have just switched back to Windows without it.
    Please note that I am not a graphic designer either so you have to take any advice from me with a grain of salt.
    Your theme in the present form is looking nice.( It is a big improvement over opera unix version) Its just that I am rather used to the Windows version. I am new to Ubuntu (I’ve used it in VirtualBox lots of times but never as a proper partition) and so my aim was to make Opera look as nice as it does on Windows and not Ubuntu integration.(though there’s no reason both things can’t happen :) ). The 10.54 skin was good enough for me for that purpose.
    A orange dot would look nice in my opinion. However I am not sure why a bar is not having the same alerting effect as the dot. Is it because of the fact that its a bar or is it because of the gradient on the tab?

  • using Opera 11.00 Opera 11.00 on Ubuntu 10.10 x64 Ubuntu 10.10 x64
    Opera/9.80 (X11; Linux x86_64; U; Ubuntu/10.10 (maverick); en) Presto/2.6.37 Version/11.00

    Like I said before, your feedback is welcome. Good or bad. I take no offense, because most of the things people comment on are things I’ve questioned myself. :)

    I think I will soften the tabs (read: remove the 3d shine) and maybe try the Ubuntu orange (as seen in the Ubuntu logo in my user agent string for my comments).

    Sorry for my use of the word “criticism”. Its a strong word. :/ I really do appreciate constructive criticism though, so you’re comments are 110% welcome. :D

    I recently got a Mac and so I’m getting spoiled with the beautiful interface, but its very difficult to create this without trial and error.

    I’ll keep the updates coming if you’ll keep the feedback coming! :D

    I think you’re right about the green bar attention…since its positioned between the dark background (where it works great) and the lighter tabs (where its not as visible).

    I’ll make a few changes and post them soon. Its hard to tell how the progress is from the middle of it, but when I compare it to previous screenshots I’ve taken its beginning to look more and more natural. I just need more feedback like yours before I weed out the bad parts. :D

  • using Opera 11.00 Opera 11.00 on Ubuntu 10.10 x64 Ubuntu 10.10 x64
    Opera/9.80 (X11; Linux x86_64; U; Ubuntu/10.10 (maverick); en) Presto/2.6.37 Version/11.00

    I’ve posted an update with changes to your suggestions for the attention icon and the inactive/hover tabs.

    Please don’t feel like you have to like my changes. If they aren’t what you were talking about I’ll keep trying. :D

  • using Opera 11.00 Opera 11.00 on GNU/Linux GNU/Linux
    Opera/9.80 (X11; Linux i686; U; en) Presto/2.6.37 Version/11.00

    You do work fast! :)
    The dot is already making me feel more comfortable. Two or three things more:
    What about a darker shade for the background tabs? (I am sure they would look better but I am not sure about how integrated it will look.)
    The edge of the background tab buttons are appearing slightly blurred. (in previous skins too but not in 10.54 one)
    I also just noticed that the bookmarks bar needs work.

  • using Opera 11.00 Opera 11.00 on GNU/Linux GNU/Linux
    Opera/9.80 (X11; Linux i686; U; en) Presto/2.6.37 Version/11.00

    That looks nice. Do you mean that the new close buttons would be similar to the one on the title bar? (Since I see that they have disappeared in that screenshot)

  • using Opera 11.00 Opera 11.00 on Mac OS X 10.6.4 Mac OS X 10.6.4
    Opera/9.80 (Macintosh; Intel Mac OS X 10.6.4; U; en) Presto/2.6.37 Version/11.00

    I’ve only disabled the close button from preferences.

  • using Opera 11.00 Opera 11.00 on GNU/Linux GNU/Linux
    Opera/9.80 (X11; Linux i686; U; en) Presto/2.6.37 Version/11.00

    Time to submit it to the Opera skins page?

  • using Opera 11.00 Opera 11.00 on Mac OS X 10.6.4 Mac OS X 10.6.4
    Opera/9.80 (Macintosh; Intel Mac OS X 10.6.4; U; en) Presto/2.6.37 Version/11.00

    They won’t accept it until I get rid of parts of the skin that can fall back to the default skin, but yes…when I find time I will start cleaning it up.

    There are a few quirks I’d like to fix before submitting it, but they aren’t all that bad. :D

  • using Opera 11.00 Opera 11.00 on GNU/Linux GNU/Linux
    Opera/9.80 (X11; Linux i686; U; en) Presto/2.7.38 Version/11.00

    After some days of use, I think I find tab tiles too hard to read.

  • using Opera 11.00 Opera 11.00 on GNU/Linux GNU/Linux
    Opera/9.80 (X11; Linux i686; U; en) Presto/2.7.38 Version/11.00

    titles*

  • using Opera 11.51 Opera 11.51 on Ubuntu 11.10 x64 Ubuntu 11.10 x64
    Opera/9.80 (X11; Linux x86_64; U; Ubuntu 11.10; pt-BR) Presto/2.9.168 Version/11.51

    Thanks man!
    Your blog rocks!

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